Friday, 09 October 2015 07:22

Oscar Pistorius Updates: Paralympian may remain in jail for 1 more month; Early release delayed, Reeva Steenkamp's mom questions parole decision

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oscarp01Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's plea for parole is postponed yet again. The South African sprinter, charge with five-years imprisonment for the murder of model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, may remain in jail for another month or so due to the delay.

According to the Guardian, South Africa's parole review board failed to come to a decision after a meeting on Monday regarding Pistorius' early release.

 He was to be put on house arrest should the decision to grant his release be finalized. It was reported that he was due for release on August last year but was blocked at the last minute by justice minister Michael Masutha.

Another article from the London Evening Standard pointed out that the 28-year old athlete was eligible for release after serving a sixth of his prison term.

Pistorius was convicted for culpable homicide - a charge equivalent to manslaughter - on October 2014 with an additional charge for reckless endangerment. He is currently incarcerated in Pretoria Central Prison and has served for less than a year.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February of 2013 at his home in Pretoria. He admitted to killing her but swore that it was just because he thought she was an intruder hiding in a locked bathroom. Prosecutors were convinced that Pistorius intentionally killed Steenkamp in rage following a heated argument, according to Yahoo! News.

June Steenkamp, Reeva's mother, publicly opposed the decision for parole. She told reporters during an interview, "How can 10 months be enough? He killed her. He admits he killed her. She's dead. Why didn't he just let her walk away? Why?" Pistorius will be allowed to leave immediately should the parole review board approve his release.

The Paralympian, well-known for his nickname Blade Runner for his prosthetics, has competed in numerous sporting events for the disabled as well as for able-bodied athletes. He earned several gold medals for various competitions including the 2012 Summer Paralympics, IPC World Championships, and the Dutch Open National Championships. He also made it on Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2008.

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